Training dog savaged

A DOG being trained to help a child with autism may not be able to do the job after being attacked by a ‘bull terrier type’ on Wadsley Common.

Black Labrador cross Grant was nearing the end of its programme run by Sheffield-based charity Support Dogs, thanks to a donation from BBC’s Children in Need, when the other animal seized him by the mouth. Both dogs were on leads.

Grant needed an operation.

Michelle Bellamy, who heads the Autism Assistance dog programme, said he was healing well but added: “We have lost at least a fortnight of his training schedule. The big question now is whether he has been affected, and in what way.

“Such an attack can lead dogs to become aggressive towards other dogs as a self-defence mechanism. If that happens we will have to withdraw him from the programme because we wouldn’t be able to let him go out to a family.”

Every dog costs the charity £12,000 to train.